Manheim Auctions' new $40-million Detroit Auto Auction opened for business on 225 acres.

Highlights of the state-of-the-art facility are a 12-lane dealer auction center, a fully equipped 90,000-sq.-ft. reconditioning center and storage for 16,000 vehicles.

The sprawling new place is located in Carleton, MI. and is staffed by 475 employees. It replaces the 95- acre Taylor facility that was bulit in 1971 and began as a two-lane operation with 30 employees.